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Dr. Phillip Frist
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What to take to have a bowel movement in general?

What to take to have a bowel movement in general?

Cod liver oil: Many things on the market. The best answer if you are having problems is to check with your doctor to see why your arent. Are you consuming a good high fiber diet? If not then do it. If yes and still not try probiotics or a mild over the counter laxative but not for an extended time without seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Danny Proffitt
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What can I take to help me have a bowel movement more than two times a week?

What can I take to help me have a bowel movement  more than two times a week?

Many things: A good diet high in fiber with increased fruits and vegetables. Prunes, prune juice, plums, apples, unprocessed bran, bran cereals, increase water and fluids. Try goind daily after a meal and a hot cup of beverage. Dr. David's recipee: 8 oz flax seed, sesame seeds and peled sunflower seeds. Mix equally. Take a tablespon up to three times a day or mix with cereals. Exercise too! ther r othr. ...Read more

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Dr. Caren Reaves
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8 months pregnant what can I take so I can have a bowel movement?

Enema: An enema would be fine, as would a gentle laxative to get things started. If you're having ongoing problems, make sure you're getting enough water and you might want to add a stool softener daily. Adding fresh apples, plums, grapes, prunes can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Hung Khong
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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after having a colonoscopy?

How long does it take to have a bowel movement after having a colonoscopy?

A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. William Forsythe
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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after eating?

How long does it take to have a bowel movement after eating?

Depends on food: Typically, in a digestive tract that works properly, a bowel movement should occur twice daily. Various foods may affect it. High fiber foods will decrease the transit time, cheese and various other foods may slow it down. Probiotics help to promote gut health to maintain consistency of bm's. ...Read more

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Dr. Heather Thieme
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Why doe sit take me so long to have a bowel movement. somtimes on toilet for almost an hour?

Why doe sit take me so long to have a bowel movement. somtimes on toilet for almost an hour?

Constipation: Answering Your question is hard, because many things affect a person's bowel habits. Sounds like you have some constipation, that may be chronic. This is not uncommon, particularly if taking certain medications (most notoriously, narcotics). You need a colonoscopy, to make sure there is no serious GI problem. If that is OK , I would recommend a laxative like MiraLax, that can be taken Daily ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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When should i take align,Morning or night? I want to have a bowel movement every morning when i wake up. Are side effects strong? Im scared to start

When should i take align,Morning or night? I want to have a bowel movement every morning when i wake up. Are side effects strong? Im scared to start

Align: Align is not a laxative and may not fulfill your goal of having a bowel movement every morning. There is no specific time of the day recommended, but for the ease of use would recommend in am. Please refer to aligngi.com. Gas and bloating are the most common side effects experienced with probiotics in general. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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